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Guided assembly of nanoparticles on electrostatically charged nanocrystalline diamond thin films.

Verveniotis E, Kromka A, Ledinský M, Cermák J, Rezek B - Nanoscale Res Lett (2011)

Bottom Line: We apply atomic force microscope for local electrostatic charging of oxygen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films deposited on silicon, to induce electrostatically driven self-assembly of colloidal alumina nanoparticles into micro-patterns.We demonstrate that electrostatic potential contrast on the NCD films varies between 0.1 and 1.2 V and that the contrast of more than ±1 V (as detected by Kelvin force microscopy) is able to induce self-assembly of the nanoparticles via coulombic and polarization forces.This opens prospects for applications of diamond and its unique set of properties in self-assembly of nano-devices and nano-systems.

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Affiliation: Institute of Physics ASCR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253, Prague 6, Czech Republic. verven@fzu.cz.

ABSTRACT
We apply atomic force microscope for local electrostatic charging of oxygen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films deposited on silicon, to induce electrostatically driven self-assembly of colloidal alumina nanoparticles into micro-patterns. Considering possible capacitive, sp2 phase and spatial uniformity factors to charging, we employ films with sub-100 nm thickness and about 60% relative sp2 phase content, probe the spatial material uniformity by Raman and electron microscopy, and repeat experiments at various positions. We demonstrate that electrostatic potential contrast on the NCD films varies between 0.1 and 1.2 V and that the contrast of more than ±1 V (as detected by Kelvin force microscopy) is able to induce self-assembly of the nanoparticles via coulombic and polarization forces. This opens prospects for applications of diamond and its unique set of properties in self-assembly of nano-devices and nano-systems.

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Micrograph from scanning electron microscopy on the employed nanocrystalline diamond thin films.
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Figure 1: Micrograph from scanning electron microscopy on the employed nanocrystalline diamond thin films.

Mentions: Figure 1 shows a typical SEM image of an NCD sample. The NCD film appears continuous and uniform in surface morphology. There are smaller and bigger grains with resolvable crystalline facets. Average size of the grains is 53 ± 35 nm as evaluated from the SEM images. SEM investigation across the whole sample showed very similar structure, which indicates that our film is spatially uniform. The root-mean-square (RMS) roughness measured by AFM is about 5 nm.


Guided assembly of nanoparticles on electrostatically charged nanocrystalline diamond thin films.

Verveniotis E, Kromka A, Ledinský M, Cermák J, Rezek B - Nanoscale Res Lett (2011)

Micrograph from scanning electron microscopy on the employed nanocrystalline diamond thin films.
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Figure 1: Micrograph from scanning electron microscopy on the employed nanocrystalline diamond thin films.
Mentions: Figure 1 shows a typical SEM image of an NCD sample. The NCD film appears continuous and uniform in surface morphology. There are smaller and bigger grains with resolvable crystalline facets. Average size of the grains is 53 ± 35 nm as evaluated from the SEM images. SEM investigation across the whole sample showed very similar structure, which indicates that our film is spatially uniform. The root-mean-square (RMS) roughness measured by AFM is about 5 nm.

Bottom Line: We apply atomic force microscope for local electrostatic charging of oxygen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films deposited on silicon, to induce electrostatically driven self-assembly of colloidal alumina nanoparticles into micro-patterns.We demonstrate that electrostatic potential contrast on the NCD films varies between 0.1 and 1.2 V and that the contrast of more than ±1 V (as detected by Kelvin force microscopy) is able to induce self-assembly of the nanoparticles via coulombic and polarization forces.This opens prospects for applications of diamond and its unique set of properties in self-assembly of nano-devices and nano-systems.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Physics ASCR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253, Prague 6, Czech Republic. verven@fzu.cz.

ABSTRACT
We apply atomic force microscope for local electrostatic charging of oxygen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films deposited on silicon, to induce electrostatically driven self-assembly of colloidal alumina nanoparticles into micro-patterns. Considering possible capacitive, sp2 phase and spatial uniformity factors to charging, we employ films with sub-100 nm thickness and about 60% relative sp2 phase content, probe the spatial material uniformity by Raman and electron microscopy, and repeat experiments at various positions. We demonstrate that electrostatic potential contrast on the NCD films varies between 0.1 and 1.2 V and that the contrast of more than ±1 V (as detected by Kelvin force microscopy) is able to induce self-assembly of the nanoparticles via coulombic and polarization forces. This opens prospects for applications of diamond and its unique set of properties in self-assembly of nano-devices and nano-systems.

No MeSH data available.